Above quote attributed to Herbert Prochnow
Apologies to the great Bob Dylan [YouTube] [Wikipedia]
Getting kicked around by "civilized" nations
About detention for years without charges, torture cover-ups, and Uncle Sam's system of punishment and reward
Note: This is a copy of an article I wrote in my previous incarnation and which is still online at: ISLAMIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL, INC. Link
Some of the referral links are now pointed at Archived pages.
Islamic Research Foundation International,
Jan 26, 2008
Sophie Harkat and Mohamed Harkat were interviewed Thursday on the CBC Montreal radio program "Radio Noon Montreal". The topic of the show was: "Does Canada need another security certificate law?" Listen here (MP3 format, 32 megs, 47 min)
Except for the politicos, who responded by rote as if pointed questions had not been asked, the show overall made a good case for abolishing this blight on the Canadian justice system.
The one thing that nobody talks about when discussing secret trials in Canada is the event being used to justify them as well as our wading in blood in Afghanistan. 9-11 was, to all appearances, perpetrated precisely to create an environment where individual liberties could be eroded with impunity in the US, Canada and Britain, and support could be evoked through fear of terrorism for unending wars of conquest.
Not surprisingly, Stephane Dion found out on his trip to Afghanistan something that Harper hadn't breathed a word of - out of embarrassment? Apparently, torture really was going on in the Afghan detainee centres. No kidding.
According to Canwest, spokespersons are backtracking all over the place and Hillier seems to be hiding. [Note: Hillier retired in July of that year.]
And Harper has been caught having told a deliberate lie on November 14: "The agreement with the Afghan government works well".
What we have in Harper is a Prime Minister who can't admit to ignorance or error. In other words, he's a danger to Canada.
Building a NATO detainee centre isn't likely to stop brutal interrogations by the CIA. Who's going to stop the CIA?
A blog called "Impolitical" does a much better job of analysing the general situation than I could:
This should embarrass the Manley trio as well, who tried to put the presence of blood and fecal material in the detainee cells down to inadvertent causes.
[The above Manley link doesn't work, but here is the archived report (Ottawa Gets Advice on Prolonging the War) -- and I can tell you that John Manley has always found work, and right now he is Pres. & CEO of The Business Council of Canada, the powerful corporate pressure group that might make one think we are inching toward fascism.]
Afghan puppet president Karzai is currently blaming Britain for the failures in Afghanistan. Nicely takes the heat off the US for the mess they left behind when they dropped everything and headed for Iraq. Afghanistan was just a perfunctory nod at the fake Bin Laden hunt; the real goal was Iraq.
Poor Britain, but hey, if you want unending, profitable wars, somebody's gotta get their patties grimy.
[Yep, we're still involved in the same, unending, sleazy wars, with more added.]
When you sit at dotty old Uncle Sam's gnarled feet you have to be able to roll with an occasional kick in the choppers. But if you're a good old boy, he might forget to wear his specs while looking at your military coup, and he might take out his hearing aid when you test your nukes. Pakistan's Musharraf is a good old boy.
[But Kim Jong Un is a bad little boy according to psychoanalytical Newsweek.]
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Below is one of my favourite photos from my Ottawa activism days. "An Injury to One is an Injury to All"
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